Lucky Orphans HorseRescue

(845) 877-0685

Mission Statement

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue is dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, abused, neglected horses and to improve the relationship between horses and people.  We are committed to raising funds to support the rescued horses in our care and will pursue the acquisition of grants, gifts, bequests and donations to support the organization.  We are a no-kill rescue striving to promote humane treatment. Our goal is to properly unite humans and horses in a safe environment, using approved methods to preserve the best equine care through informative and instructional guidance, education and administration, adhering to the understanding of the need for the preservation of rural equine communities.  We are not breed specific and promise each of our horses will never again know the abuse, neglect, abandonment or other injury that brought them to our facilities.

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue is proud to offer EAGALA,  Natural Lifemanship and E3A model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Trauma Focused EAP and Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Programs through EquiNorth, Inc. Our team is committed to working side by side with the horses we rescue to help change the lives of people with a diverse range of struggles such as those suffering with addictions, depression, grief and loss, trauma, at-risk youth and improving relationships in families and groups.


Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue


Executive Director

Deanna Mancuso

The founder of LOHR, Deanna Mancuso, is a well-established member of the local professional equine community.  Starting out as an exercise rider for various farms from Westchester to Columbia Counties, she successfully moved up to barn management, eventually transitioning to business-owner of Equine Escape Stable. Within a few years of opening Equine Escape, Deanna began to recognize a disturbing trend within the community.  She was receiving a growing number of inquiries regarding unwanted horses and how to report abuse and neglect.  This problem was only exacerbated by requests from the DCSPCA to foster seized horses which had begun to outnumber available spaces at their own facilities. Determined to be part of the solution, Deanna established Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue to offer permanent sanctuary to these otherwise unwanted, abused, or neglected animals, and provide them with a safe haven where they would never again experience the situations that led them to LOHR in the first place.

Riding Instructor

Lindsey Stransky

Lindsey is the riding instructor at LOHR. At 12 years old, Lindsey was referred by a friend to join 4h and volunteer at LOHR in 2008. A few years later she began riding lessons, horse showing and practically living at the barn over the summers. During high school, she began teaching lessons to children and summer riding camp at LOHR. 


Lindsey went away to college at SUNY Morrisville where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science and Management with a specialization in western breaking and training. Soon after in 2018, she returned to LOHR to be hired as their riding instructor for lessons.


Through the years, Lindsey has worked for and trained under well known trainers in the equine industry ranging from working cow horses to Grand Prix show jumpers. Lindsey uses what she has learned from Deanna and many other trainers to establish well rounded riders in her lesson program and loves every minute of it!




Office Manager

Victoria Isaacson

Tori was born in 1998 and has been working with horses since she was five years old. She started at Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue when she was thirteen years old and never left! 

Tori attended Stonybrook University and graduated early with a BA in Anthropology and has plans to continue to graduate school to become an Occupational Therapist. Tori’s goal is to give back to the community through horses before proceeding on to further schooling. Consequently she has put her education on hold to work with horses and become certified in the Equine psychotherapy programs offered at LOHR.

She is disabled and live with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and nerve degeneration. This has cost her a large amount of motor function and comfort, however, she will work with horses until she physically can’t anymore.

Another notable fact about Tori is that she is currently traveling around the world training and competing on the USA Para fencing team attempting to qualify for the Paralympic games in 2020 and 2024. 

Farm Manager

KarissaLee Thompson

KarissaLee is Dutchess County born and raised. Karissa is currently pursuing a degree in Human Services and Behavioral Sciences with a goal to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.


Karissa first crossed paths with Deanna Mancuso and LOHR in 2009 when her daughter Gabbie took a liking to horses, and was enrolled in their little riders program. Once her daughter’s hobby took off,Gabbie and LOHR’s Mocha would develop quite a bond and go on to compete with each other in many local horse competitions for quite a few years. 


Fast forward to 2019, Karissa was hired as a part time Office Manager to help Deanna and Tori to manage the behind the scenes operations, marketing, fundraising, volunteer management, social media, and general administrative tasks. Karissa also manages our Project Relocation Program.


“My daughter’s relationship with horses is what tethered my heart to LOHR, it is their mission, daily impact, and purpose that has allowed me to find a passion for this organization ”- Karissa

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue

Board of Directors



Tara Dickett

Tara has worked for M&T Bank since 2001.  During her time with M&T, she has had the opportunity to work in different positions and branches throughout the Hudson Valley.  Tara is currently the Assistant Vice President and Senior Branch Manager in the Kingston M&T Branch.

With the help of M&T, Tara started volunteering; first at the United Way, serving on different committees and as a member of the Young Leaders United.  Tara also served as a board member of the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum.

Although Tara doesn't have horse experience, her love and respect for animals brought her to Lucky Orphans.  

Tara says, "the passion and dedication of this organization is something I had to be a part of."


Vice Chair

Kate Rabe

Kate Rabe is the owner of Kate Rabe Consulting, a Communications and Marketing firm here in the Hudson Valley where she helps businesses gain clarity on their goals for their organization by focusing on their internal and external communication.  Kate has a BS in Marketing from Plattsburgh State University.  She was awarded the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Top 40 Under Forty in 2014 and is a graduate of the 2017 Leadership Dutchess Program.  She was also awarded the 2017 Community Advocate Award through the Dutchess County Chamber Foundation.

 Kate has been involved in Girl Scouts for all long as she can remember and has held various positions in the Tioronda Service Unit as well as older girl program with the Heart of the Hudson Girl Scouts.  She is currently on the Professional Development Committee for the Chamber Foundation as well as a mentor for their Youth Leadership Program.  She sits on the board for the Beacon Chamber as well as the Fishkill Business Association and is an Ambassador the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.  

 Kate met Deanna as a classmate in Leadership Dutchess and it did not take her long to recognize the passion that Deanna brings to Lucky Orphans and all they do for the community.  She is excited about serving on the board for Lucky Orphans and looks forward to getting to know all of the horses better along the way.  Kate currently lives in Beacon with her husband Tom where they enjoy all things the beautiful Hudson Valley has to offer.



Kim McNamee

Kim is certified with the Department of Criminal Justice Services and has extensive experience and training in the matters of animal welfare and animal cruelty, as well as business management.

Kim is currently working on her Veterinary Technician degree.

Kim's start in the non-profit sector was during her high school years when she interned for two summers as the business manager at a domestic violence shelter in Westchester County.  It was also during high school that Kim started riding horses as part of an after school riding program during a difficult part of her life. To her instructor's dismay, the comical connection she had with her horse lightened her heart and spirit at every lesson. "The mission of LOHR and the work they do is very important. It's not only for the animals, but also the people whose lives are impacted every day by the love of the horses and the healing programs that strengthen the connection with these majestic beings."

Animals have always been a very important part of Kim's life .She recognizes the unspoken bond and shared energy between people and animals. Kim continues to advocate for animals, educating people about laws pertaining to animals and humane animal care.  Kim and Deanna are working on improving animal cruelty laws in New York State.


Board Member

Charlie Bilangino

Charlie graduated from New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, Long Island with a degree in Architectural Technology. After graduating, Charlie and a partner formed Roles Development Corp. for the purpose of building and development of residential homes.  Later, Charlie formed CGB Development Corp.  

Charlie has served on many committees in the communities he has worked in. Charlie has always believed it's not just building a house, but taking a person's idea and thoughts and turning them into reality, and helping the community grow. This is what led Charlie to Lucky Orphans. He is committed to help build LOHR,  to rescue horses from the life they were living, and to develop LOHR into a long lasting community center so all can benefit.



Board Member

Eric Sutherland 

Mr. Sutherland is a managing director and President of PIMCO Investments LLC. He currently serves as co-head of the New York Office. He is also a member of Pimco's Global Wealth Management Operating Committee, Funds Oversight Committee, New Products Business Review Committee and Chairman of the Intermediary Payments Committee. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2011, he headed to the U.s. advisory distribution group and national accounts teams for all distribution at Allianz Global Investors. Previoously, he was with Nuveen Investments for 15 years, Binswanger & Co. and Bankers Trust Company. He has 30 years of investment and financial services experience and holds an undergraduate degree from Bucknell University. he was and executive board member of the Money Management Institute and has served on it's board for 10 years. He is a member of ICI's sales force marketing committee.


In 2006, Eric and his wife Celia were founding members of Providence Englewood Charter school in Chicago, IL. . Eric is a board member of Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, has been on the Hopes & Heroes annual dinner committee for three years and regularly volunteers with Henry St. Settlement & Rooms to Read.


Eric attended Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue's 10 year Gala celebration in 2018 and from there became aligned with LOHR's mission. Two years later he was voted onto their board and now helps them behind the scenes.



Amanda Pecorella

Amanda is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. She enjoys her current role as accountant with PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP in Newburgh, NY. Amand ais also currently working towards her CPA certification.

Amanda is an philanthropist who is actively involved  in both the United way of the Dutchess-Orange Region as well as the American Cancer Society. Amanda also serves on the board as treasurer of Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue in Dover Plains, NY

Amanda has been a lifetime local to the Hudson Valley, and was first introduced to LOHR and their mission in 2017. She was voted onto the board in 2020 and looks forward to expanding her service work with the horses, forever keeping in mind their healing abilities.



Board Member

Mark Katz

Mark has had 25+ years of experience in IT/Operations in both FinTech and InsurTech. Mark has served as CIO for Financial Products and Services for XL Capital, and Global CIO for Syncora Guarantee, an IPO Carve-Out bond insurance firm.  Most recently, Mark was recruited to transform ASCAP’s IT Department, a testament to his ability to work and thrive in disparate cultures and business lines.   He currently works in the consulting space specializing in fractional CIO work, Master Data Management, and Open Space Agile. Mark has also worked at a number of other Blue-Chip organizations including Brown Brothers Harriman and Bankers Trust (now Deutsche Bank).  Earlier in his career, he has also served as a consultant at UBS Private Bank, Lehman Brothers and Ameritox (Pharma).       

Mark holds Masters’ degrees from Columbia University and The University of Chicago, and completed his undergraduate work at SUNY Binghamton.    Mark is also a professional level pianist, and plays for charity and political functions.  During one of these music functions at an art gallery, Mark came into first hand contact with one of the Lucky Orphans minis, Carmella.   “Once I found out about LOHR and the amazing work they do, I became passionate about the organization.  Not only are these animals rehabilitated via extensive work from the staff at LOHR, but they are then trained to serve individuals who need support; children on the spectrum, Vets with PTSD, Behavioral issues.   Transformations are meaningful and significant.”   



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Chris Meagher



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George Decker


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Jamie Vitiello